Bear Hair Study C-print, 2004 Courtesy of the artist and ACME., Los Angeles © Carlee Fernandez

The concept of identity and how it is effected by one’s environment and history is a subject artists return to continuously. While often approached, the question is never answered and the subject never tiresome. While the fascination with the self and culture is endless so are the artistic avenues to express it. The latest Portraiture Now series from the National Gallery is a representation of the many ways artists choose to represent themselves.

Showing at the Americas Society until October 18, the exhibition features six latino artists- David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez.Their work explores the interaction between self representation and environment. The show focuses on the power of theatrical displacement in portraiture and how the complex issues of race, class, heritage and family are approachable through beauty.


Piscina C-Print, 2011 Courtesy of the artist © Rachelle Mozman



forapieceofapple Enamel, oil, gold leaf, fabric, a broken plate, and paper planes made from copied Ellis Island documents, on canvas, 2013 Courtesy of the artist © David Antonio Cruz


Duplicity as Identity: 50% Archival pigment print on canvas, mounted on aluminum, 2008–9 Cricket Taplin Collection © María Martínez-Cañas


Mom healing me from my fear of iguanas, by taking me to the park and feeding them every weekend, ca. 1994 Digital C-print scanned from 6 x 6 negative, 2012 Courtesy of the artist © Karen Miranda Rivadeneira


YBG Collage Collaged acrylic painting on paper, 2013 Matthew Chevallard Collection © Michael Vasquez

Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

Showing at The Americas Society, New York City, Ny through October 18

Then at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico November 6, 2015 through March 27, 2016.